Print #9. Edwardsen v. Morton, 1973

Print #9. Edwardsen v. Morton, 1973. 32×16″ 18 oz. scrim weatherproof vinyl.

Text & Citations for Print #9: Edwardsen v. Morton, 1973

“To summarize the discussion in this section, it appears that, leaving aside for the moment the effect of the Statehood Act and the Settlement Act on plaintiffs’ claims, plaintiffs’ rights based on aboriginal title are rights to undisturbed use and occupancy.”
Edwardsen v. Morton, 369 F. Supp. 1359, 1373 (D.D.C. 1973) “Specifically it is alleged that

“Specifically it is alleged that the issuance of such authorizations to oil companies, construction companies, and others led to “acts of waste, trespass, and destruction” on plaintiffs’ lands, including takings of gravel, desecration of graveyards where plaintiffs’ ancestors lay buried, and reduction of plaintiffs’ annual whale catch.”
Edwardsen v. Morton, 369 F. Supp. 1359, 1367 (D.D.C. 1973)

Image Sources:

  • Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey Town of Prudhoe Bay, Prudhoe Bay, North Slope Borough, AK, compiled after 1933. Library of Congress, Survey number: HABS AK-180.
  • Map [ca.1968] David S. Black Papers. Alaska Native Claims, North Slope, Box #63, JFK Library, Boston.

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